"Shaken or stirred, sir?" "Do I look like I care?"

Daniel Craig, aka secret agent James Bond, visited the RNLI’s Ramsgate Lifeboat Station and has spoken of his admiration for the charity’s work.

During his time afloat the actor put both the RNLI station’s Trent class all-weather lifeboat and 32 knot Atlantic 75 inshore lifeboat through their paces.

Daniel said: “The tireless, unassuming, and above all brave work that the RNLI volunteers undertake everyday makes me proud and honoured to be associated with them. Please help them do their job – support your local lifeboat.”

The private visit was arranged at Daniel’s own request.

Coxswain Ian Cannon took it all in his stride, but he admitted: “It was a bit of a surprise for the crew but we were thrilled to be able to show Daniel just what our RNLI lifeboat crews do.

“Everyone who crewed with Daniel was impressed by his knowledge and interest in the work of our charity. His handling of the inshore lifeboat was certainly impressive and he was good fun to have aboard, we’d have him back any time.”

RNLI Chief Executive Andrew Freemantle CBE welcomed Daniel’s support: “We are delighted that Daniel Craig has chosen to join us. His invaluable support will do much to raise our charity’s profile. With the launch earlier this week of the RNLI’s SOS Day campaign, our annual national fundraising event, this simply could not have come at a better time as we strive to raise understanding of the commitment and selflessness of our volunteer lifeboat crews and lifeguards.”

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